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Alfred H. Miles, ed.  Women Poets of the Nineteenth Century.  1907.
 
Love in Exile (Songs)
II. “I was again beside My Love”
By Mathilde Blind (1841–1896)
 
I WAS again beside my Love in dream:
  Earth was so beautiful, the moon was shining;
The muffled voice of many a cataract stream
  Came like a love-song, as, with arms entwining,
Our hearts were mixed in unison supreme.        5
 
The wind lay spell-bound in each pillared pine,
  The tasselled larches had no sound or motion,
As my whole life was sinking into thine—
  Sinking into a deep, unfathomed ocean
Of infinite love—uncircumscribed, divine.        10
 
Night held her breath, it seemed, with all her stars:
  Eternal eyes that watched in mute compassion
Our little lives o’erleap their mortal bars,
  Fused in the fulness of immortal passion,
A passion as immortal as the stars.        15
 
There was no longer any thee or me;
  No sense of self, no wish or incompleteness;
The moment, rounded to Eternity,
  Annihilated time’s destructive fleetness:
For all but love itself had ceased to be.        20
 
 
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